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Mathematics Education Doctoral Program Admissions Information

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  • Master's degree
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or above in graduate work
  •  A completed Graduate School application
  • Three professional letters of recommendation, e.g. professors or relevant educational employers
  • An interview with the Mathematics Education program faculty
  • A writing example of scholarly work
  • A letter of interest and curriculum vitae
  • TOEFL/ IELTS  (For all non-U.S. citizens or non-U.S. permanent residents). Learn more about testing requirements.




Application Type:       Deadline    
Domestic Students August 1
International Students April 1
Deadline for early decision admission with full funding consideration for Fall:   February 1   

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Application Checklist

Official Transcripts

Include a scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education after you receive an offer of admission.

Department Graduate Testing Requirements

Official GRE is required for Mathematics Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Mathematics Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application. We strongly recommend that at least one of these letters of reference be from a person in an academic position.

Relevant Teaching Experience

Three or more years of K-12 teaching OR other significant teaching experience

Writing Sample

A sample of your best written work. We prefer academic writing samples, but if you have non available, we can accept a work-related sample of writing.

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae

A letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the School of Education along with your latest Curriculum Vitae.

Please address the following questions in the letter of interest:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

Interview with members of the program faculty

As part of the application process, candidates are required to have an interview with members of the Mathematics Education program faculty. If you are shortlisted, a faculty member will contact you by telephone or email to arrange an interview. 

Applying as an International Student

International students might be required to submit TOEFL scores, immigration documents, and other additional materials with their application.

We require a minimum TOEFL score of 90 (IBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 for admission. Test scores should be sent to us using ETS institution code 5859.

Any Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in evaluation of your application.

Applying for Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

A question on the application for graduate admission asks whether you want to be considered for a teaching assistantship. Check yes. Please note that Indicating that you wish to be considered for an assistantship does not mean that you will be offered one, only that you wish to be considered for one, if available.

Learn more about other available funding oppurtunties

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee. All application fees are non-refundable.

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application. 

To apply to the Virginia Tech History and Social Science Education (Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction) program, select "Education, Curriculum and Instruction " as your major. You will be able to select " History and Social Science Education Program Area" later in the online form. Choose degree option “Ph.D.” from the list.

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

In-state K-12 teachers are eligible for a 25% discount! Use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

School of Education Scholarships

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty.

After you have received your official offer of admission from the School of Education, please arrange with your institution(s) to send your official transcript(s) showing degree conferral to Graduate Admissions and to the School of Education at the addresses below:

Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown
Mail Code 0325, 155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

And to:
Virginia Tech School of Education
Office of Academic Programs

1750 Kraft Drive (0302)
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs Application Support

Casey Walker
Administrative Support Analyst
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2057

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader

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Jay Wilkins, Professor and Program Leader

Dr. Jay Wilkins
Program Leader

1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2034
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8326